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Tour de France: Tom Dumoulin gets 20 second time penalty for drafting

The Dutchman suffered a puncture in the closing stages and was forced to chase back onto the peloton

Joe Robinson
12 Jul 2018

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) has been handed a 20 second time penalty for drafting his team car after puncturing in the final kilometres of Stage 6 at the Tour de France, finishing on the Mur de Bretagne. This sees the Dutchman concede 1 minute 13 seconds to stage winner Dan Martin (UAE-Team Emirates) and over a minute to his other General Classification rivals.

Dumoulin suffered an ill-timed front wheel puncture on the approach to the base of the Mur de Bretagne as the peloton raced into the final few kilometres.

After a lethargic wheel change, the 27-year-old began to chase back onto the bunch with help from teammates Chad Haga, Laurens Ten Dam and Edward Thuens.

Once they had been used, Dumoulin then tucked behind his team car on a fast descent for an extended period of time, an action that was caught on camera by the TV motorbikes.

Dumoulin failed to reach the back of the peloton, and with the assistance of Soren Kragh Andersen, rolled in 53 seconds behind the winning group.

However, the commissaries retrospectively handed Dumoulin his 20 second time penalty pushing him further down the standings.

This means that after six stages Dumoulin is now 1 minute 23 seconds behind current race leader Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing).

Thankfully, Team Sunweb's impressive team time trial earlier this week meant that Dumoulin not to concede too much time to his big GC rivals.

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) also punctured, taking teammate Tony Gallopin's bike, losing 31 seconds on the stage and giving him an overall deficit of 1 minute 45 seconds.